Sickle Mower cutting capacities?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by IMAGE, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    Can sickle mowers cut up to 1" brush?

    Can anyone recommend a good one?

    If it can handle 1" brush, I am looking for one I can run off the 3pt pto of a tractor. It would be used for mowing road ditches, so must have capability to be offset mounted.

    Thanks:drinkup:
     
  2. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Try the Alamo company. They make alot of the road side mowers that the state uses, and last time I checked their site they had a sickle bar mower. Alot of companies still make sickle bar mowers so you will have alot of options. But, they aren't really designed to cut brush, a better application would be cutting grass and weeds. Alamo has something like a sickle bar for their boom mowers and that is designed to cut brush rather than grass and weeds.
     
  3. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    ok checkin now. thanks
     
  4. SuperDuty335

    SuperDuty335 LawnSite Member
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    Image, the mowers in question are relatively easy to maintain, simple to use and simple in design. I've cut hay with these mowers but never "brush". If the "brush" has 1" fibrous stalks I don't think it is going to do very well. If it is primarily grass and weeds it is a good choice.
     
  5. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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  6. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A sickle bar mower with the right knives and guards will cut 1" stuff without too much problem if it isn't a tree like an oak. Detroit Harvester made both side and rear mounts for Case, Ford, and IH for many years. If you get one, learn how to rivet as you will be needing thse skills. And get a second bar so you don't have much down time. Most side mount were 5' while rear ones were up to 7' in bar lenght.
     
  7. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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    look at one of these, they will cut a fence post in two.

    disc mower.jpg
     
  8. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    Is that a disc mower? I saw a tractor with a rear mounted 'saw' that was cutting road ditches. It had three blades like a circular saw, but they were about 18" discs.
     
  9. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee LawnSite Senior Member
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    what u need is a flail mower. that would do the job for shure.
     
  10. SuperDuty335

    SuperDuty335 LawnSite Member
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    Yes, that is a disc mower and they cut GREAT. They will cut small animals in two with ease...don't ask...:cry:
     

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